Occupiers Work On Kensington Community Garden


  • The Daily News reports on some “Occupiers” working at a Kensington vacant lot dismissed by locals as the “hotel”—as it is the preferred location for drug use and prostitution in the neighborhood. With support from neighbors, the activists are now removing debris and garbage and planting a community garden.
  • The City Paper reports on South Philadelphia residents’ concerns over a billboard on Moyamensing Avenue, signing petitions against its renovation in order to “preserve the beauty and ensure the proliferation of” the Packer Park neighborhood.
  • Flying Kite looks at the reconfiguration of Port Richmond’s stretch of I-95 and the resulting work to be done to Richmond Street. Still in the preliminary stages, the PennDOT project is sure to annoy many a motorist when efforts commence in a year.
  • West Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House, providing an affordable stay for families of patients being treated for serious illnesses, is an ideal example of successful adaptive reuse, says Plan Philly. The 1893 mansion was built for Philadelphia news giant William James Swain, while the current organization moved into the space in 1981.
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